Ex-KBR chief gets 30 months in prison for bribery

February 23, 2012 - 6:35 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A former KBR Inc. chief executive has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and 3 years of probation for bribing Nigerian government officials in return for $6 billion in engineering and construction contracts.

Albert "Jack" Stanley was sentenced Thursday. The 69-year-old pleaded guilty in 2008 but has been free on bail while awaiting a sentencing date that's been reset 16 times.

The scheme was related to KBR's natural gas operations in Nigeria from 1995 to 2004.

Stanley was the Houston construction giant's chief executive until 2001 and chairman until June 2004. He acknowledged conspiring with several other companies to funnel about $182 million in bribes to Nigerian government officials.

KBR is a worldwide firm that split off from Halliburton in 2007.